16 Year-Old Erik Will No Longer be Reviewing Books

It has come to that time where I bid adieu to reviewing books as a 16 year old. Why have I come to this life-altering decision after seven years of blogging????

Because it’s my birthday and I am now 17!

What better way to celebrate entering my 18th year than with books??? I’ve already received a beautifully bound copy of the original Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern as a birthday present from my parents!

Now I am going to tell you about a book that I was pleasantly surprised about!



Beyond the Doors
By David Neilsen
370 pages – ages 9+
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on August 1, 2017

Synopsis from Publisher- “When a family disaster forces the four Rothbaum children to live with their aunt Gladys, they immediately know there is something strange about their new home. The crazy, circular house looks like it stepped out of a scary movie. The front entrance is a four-story-tall drawbridge. And the only food in Aunt Gladys’s kitchen is an endless supply of Honey Nut Oat Blast Ring-a-Dings cereal.

Strangest of all are the doors—there are none. Every doorway is a wide-open passageway—even the bathroom! Who lives in a house with no doors?

Their unease only grows when Aunt Gladys disappears for long stretches of time, leaving them alone to explore the strange house. When they discover just what Aunt Gladys has been doing with all her doors, the shocked siblings embark on an adventure that changes everything they believe about their family and the world.”

What I Thought- This book caught me by surprise – I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. Neilsen is excellent, blending terror, suspense and action into one terrific, kid-friendly adventure. The book is not at a lack for zany characters, with veritably insane (but well-meaning) relatives and caretakers, and even the four kids have their quirks, making for one out-of-this-world time trying to figure out what is going on. The idea of the doors, and what they can accomplish, is both horrifying and exhilarating. All-around, this was a well-done book, a perfect tickle-your-scary-bone book. Kids will appreciate the characters’ and setting’s realistic features blown into exaggerated proportions, as it makes the scary things seem more distant, while we feel for the characters even more. I would recommend this book to kids looking for an R.L. Stine-type book, but with lighter edges. I would definitely read other books by Neilsen, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Categories: Age 9+

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57 replies

  1. Ha! You get me with this every year! Enjoy your birthday. Can’t believe you were nine when I met you at the bookstore.

    • I can’t believe how much time has passed either – it seems like time’s speeding up. 🙂 I hope you had a nice holiday season!

  2. LOL! You got me! Happy Birthday, Erik – and happy next year of reviewing 🤣

  3. Happy Birthday and a Merry Christmas 🙂

  4. Happy Birthday, buddy. Seventeen seems like a fun age. Have a great birthday and a merry Christmas Eve!

    Love and licks,

  5. Happy birthday, dear Erik! I was still getting my head around your being 16! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  6. Seven years of blogging already. Wow. Happy birthday, Erik!

  7. Happy birthday, Merry Christmas, and happy new year of life and books!

  8. Happy Birthday, Erik, and Merry Christmas, too! Great book review. Sounds like a wonderful read!

  9. You know, you catch me out with this post every year… since you were ten or eleven, I don’t know which! Happy birthday, Erik, and long may you continue to review books.
    Jemima xxx

  10. Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Erik!

  11. Happy Birthday, Erik 🙂

  12. Darn, you got me again! Happy Birthday, Erik and Merry Christmas!!!

  13. Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! 🙂

  14. Happy Birthday Erik. Hope you had a great day and Christmas Day was great also spent with family and friends. Hugs.

  15. Happy birthday, Erik! 🙂

  16. Happy birthday! It’s hard to believe you’ve been blogging that long! Enjoy your copy of The Princess Bride. I was watching All The President’s Men and was surprised to see that Goldman did the screenplay for the film. He had quite the varied career!

    • Happy Birthday and Happy New Year in 2019, Erik. I hope this is the year we meet in Bethesda, MD at Malice Domestic. Small world story: My husband and I stayed at romance, mystery, thriller and fantasy writer Nora Roberts’ Inn at Boonsboro (Maryland) for an annual Christmas outing with two other couples. Each room was named for a romantic couple. Guess which room we we’re assigned? Not Jane and Rochester but Westley and Buttercup! The pb and DVD were available on the dresser or I wouldn’t have known who they were.

      • Thank you Ms. Schmelz! That’s really awesome about the Nora Roberts’ Inn – I’d have loved to stay there. 😀 I hope to meet you too!

      • By The Way, my name is Beth Schmelzer even tho my email is schmalz…You are always welcome to share your insights at Malice Domestic in Bethesda! email me if you are interested. and please share 2019 mystery titles with me, Erik!!

    • Thank you! I finished the Princess Bride already (it took me maybe 3 days!), and I absolutely loved it! Now, I can appreciate the wonderful movie adaptation even more, as they actually complement each other quite well (the movie, while having a few details changed, did what most movie-renditions didn’t and kept to the spirit of the original book). I had no idea Goldman worked on All The President’s Men, but I did love that movie too! 🙂

  17. Happy Birthday, Erik!

  18. How awesome to get a copy of The Princess Bride for your birthday. 🙂

    I have to say for at least a split second you get me with this post every year. Glad you’ll still be blogging. Hope you had a happy birthday.

  19. Dude! Clickbait? Really? Come ON!

    You got me worried for a second there. I thought you were leaving the bloggyverse forever!

    I had the pleasure of meeting David Neilsen recently and the man is almost as awesome as his books. Have you read Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom? It’s awesome.

    Aaaand here’s hoping your big 1-7 was hap-hap-happy!

    • Thank you very much Mr. Allegra! I’m still here! 😉 I haven’t read Dr. Fell yet, but I’ve heard really great things about it – it’s on my list!

  20. Happy belated birthday. Hope it was great. I saw this book somewhere recently and really wanted to see how it is. Thanks for sharing.

  21. I hope you had a WONDERFUL birthday, Erik!
    You fooled me!! I really thought you were going to stop your blog — I’m SO happy you’re continuing.
    Wishing you and your family all the best in 2019.

  22. How did I miss your birthday?? I guess i was travelling. Poor excuse I know. Anyway Happy Belated Birthday!! I do hope it was a good one. xo

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